DUI roadblocks or checkpoints can be a source of annoyance for everyone, and a cause of concern for those who have been drinking, even if their alcohol consumption was minimal. This article was written to help drivers prepare in advance so they know what to do if they encounter them during their travels.
If you encounter problems, especially if you believe that you were not driving under the influence or well below the limit, a DUI lawyer can help you defend your rights.
DUI checkpoints are frequent during events, the holidays, weekends, and late evenings
It’s a given that police will set up these DUI roadblocks whenever large groups of people will be involved. Otherwise, they’ll be setting their trap in locations with heavy vehicle traffic, or places where bars, or restaurants are frequent. Avoid going to these locations if you don’t want to run into these roadblocks.
The police usually announce when and where they’re planning to put up roadblocks
The police are not required, but they usually notify the public if they’re setting up checkpoints in the future. People have used this fact to inform other drivers about the locations of these checkpoints using social media or applications. If you encounter a checkpoint that’s random or unannounced, or have failed to follow the strict rules and guidelines for a stop, it may be illegal.
Turning away from DUI checkpoints, not illegal, but not a good idea either
While there’s nothing illegal if drivers turn away from checkpoints, it only gives the police a reason to chase them anyway. Most likely, police officers will stop these drivers using other reasons (i.e. traffic violations), so it’s often wiser to pass through the stop even though it’s a hassle.
Changing drivers before DUI stops
Changing drivers is ill-advised because the police will likely notice the change, and other drivers may also mention this fact to the police.
Driving through DUI roadblocks is illegal
Of course, driving through a DUI roadblock without stopping is illegal, and the driver may face legal penalties and jail time.
Knows your right! – Here is a Viral Video of a DUI checkpoint.